Our emails went something like this:
“Wouldn’t it be fun to meet each other? I don’t mind driving to Denver, and I enjoy the DAM (Denver Art Museum). What do you think?”
“Sure! I have a DAM membership and would love to meet you there. (I hoped you would ask!)”
“How about Saturday, August 8th at 11:30? Perhaps you can choose a nearby restaurant for lunch, then we can visit DAM. I have an idea for a little surprise when we meet!”
“Surprise? I love surprises (when I’m warned ahead of time that a surprise is coming.) DAM has a nice white-table-cloth restaurant on the premises called Palettes. Should we meet there?”
“Perfect! I’ll meet you at Palettes at 11:30 on the 8th. I thought we could each bring a tangle tile on which we’ve drawn the strings (tangle boundaries). We can exchange the tiles, tangle them and publish them with posts about our outing.”
“Terrific idea! I look forward to seeing you on the 8th!”
Kelli, my Forty, C’est Fantastique blogging friend, and I met online during the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge. Finally meeting her in person was worth the wait, and our afternoon at DAM is among my 2015 favorite memories.
Before ordering lunch, we conversed about our appreciation for Damyanti and our late, beloved Tina Downey who were our Challenge mentors. Tina passed away on August 23, 2014 and both Kelli and I were saddened at losing a friend we’d only recently met.
We both smiled as Kelli motioned to an empty chair and said, “I wish Celine was here, too.” If you follow Celine, you need no explanation as to why we both enjoy her bright spirit.
There are some people you inexplicably take a shine to. Kelli has been like that for me online. She surprises me with her occasional musical talents (her dulcimer playing is in my top 5 favorite blogger posts), and she exudes grace and lightness in her poetry and essays. Perhaps part of it is the magic of reading her bi-lingual English/French which lifts me up.
Kelli might chuckle at that ‘grace‘ comment because she had both stitches and burn episodes recently in her kitchen.
Being with Kelli felt like becoming re-acquainted with an old friend. I am grateful to you, Kelli. You are just as charming in person as you are on your blog.
DAM’s featured exhibit, In Bloom: Flowers in the Age of Impressionism, was a veritable treasure trove of brilliantly colored bouquets: Manet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne and Van Gogh were among the artists whose works graced the walls. Truth be told, the walls could have been hung with art from pre-schoolers and I would have enjoyed it, simply because I was sharing it with Kelli.
Thankfully, Kelli remembered – before we parted – that we needed to exchange our tiles. I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo so you could see Kelli’s strings, but I did ‘tangle between her strings’. I enjoyed completing this, using two favorite background patterns and three new-to-me patterns that – with enough imagination – could be a curling stem holding onto remnants of fading petals and a large seed pod.
A few days after I finished my tangle, I saw this odd cloud formation overhead, which reminded me of the pod pattern (that tangle name escapes me!).
As I tangled my tile and reminisced about those vibrant impressionist blooms, an idea jelled for a mobile art project, using some of my botanical postcards and found objects. Here is the beginning … it it turns out well, I’ll post the process and results.
In the meantime Kelli and I are planning a second outing for a slow September stroll at Denver’s Botanical Gardens. No doubt a tangle or two will be part of our fun.